Member Biography

John Irving Whalley 


PA Manual, 1959-60; Congressional biography

Sessions Office Position District Party
1955-1956       36 Republican
1957-1958       36 Republican
1959       36 Republican
1960       36 Republican


1902 - 1980

Born in Barnesboro, Cambria County, Pa., September 14, 1902, the son of James H. and Isabella Whalley; attended the public schools and Cambria Rowe Business College; pursued the automobile, banking, and coal businesses; member of advisory board of Johnstown College, University of Pittsburgh; moved to Somerset; chaired the Somerset County Redevelopment Authority and Windber Planning Commission; member of the Windber School Board, 1935-1947; member of the state House of Representatives, 1951-1955; and served in the state Senate, 1955-1960. Whalley was appointed by President Nixon to serve as delegate to United Nations for the 1969 session; elected as a Republican to Congress (special election) to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Representative Douglas H. Elliott, and was reelected to the four succeeding Congresses (November 8, 1960-January 3, 1973). He was not a candidate for reelection in 1972.  The Senator died March 8, 1980, at Pompano Beach, Fla.; interment in Grandview Cemetery, Johnstown, Pa.